Mark Gevisser Reveals The Pink Line's Essential LGBTQ+ Bookshelf
Mark Gevisser, author of The Pink Line: The World’s Queer Frontiers, lists the books that have guided, informed and thrilled him, and books that have helped him continue to explore the topics of the complex journey around the world towards queer civil rights.
Cleanness by Garth Greenwell
In limpid, unforgettable prose, Greenwell writes about sex, shame and intimacy - and explores Pink Line dynamics in his depiction of an American narrator and his Bulgarian lovers.
Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique by Sa’ed Ashtan
A book by a young Palestinian scholar, it’s still on my shelf waiting to be read – but I know it will be smart and powerful, and will explore the phenomenon of “pinkwashing” that I describe in The Pink Line.
Love Falls on Us: A Story of American Ideas and African LGBT Lives by Robbie Corey-Boulet
Corey-Boulet examines a key notion of the Pink Line in four West African countries: what happens to ‘global’ ideas of ‘LGBT rights’ when they settle in hostile territory?
Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World by Shireen el-Feki
Eight years old, this book pioneered an understanding of how sexuality works in contemporary Arab society, and shone a path for my work in Egypt.
Trans* by Jack Halberstam
A short, sharp, polemical introduction to the politics of trans identity by an eminent cultural theorist, trans* himself.
Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Startling, often unnerving stories by a major new Latinx-American writer.
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Six years old, a classic already. This fusion of autobiography and theory is one of the bibles of the young trans and non-binary kids I write about.
Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon
This magisterial work was one of the key inspirations for The Pink Line.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy
Roy’s latest novel has one of the most compelling portraits of a third-gender person I have ever read, and artfully explores what is happening to hijras as they come into contact with new global notions of transgender identity.
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